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Martin Blank

American, born 1962

Via, 2002

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Hot-worked glass

Dimensions: 28 1/2 × 36 × 15 in. (72.4 × 91.4 × 38.1 cm)

Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.18

Martin Blank’s work is about carving space—both the shapes created by the glass and the negative space around the objects. He pinches, pulls, bends, and manipulates hot glass into organic forms that, when placed together like you see here, create a sense of tension. For Blank, the space around and in between is as vital as three-dimensional elements.Known for his hot sculpted technique, he wears heat-protective clothing to get very close to the molten glass, using his whole body to mold and shape the pieces. He learned to create and manipulate glass at the Rhode Island School of Design before going on to work with Dale Chihuly for eleven years. He opened the Martin Blank Studios in Seattle, Washington, in the 1990s, where he has since perfected his distinctive technique.

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